Trying to find a job in a non-existent job market (during the middle of a bad recession) might seem like “the end of the world”–but its not!! NO–ITS NOT THE END! THE WORLD WILL NOT END IN 2012, AND NOSTRADAMUS NEVER SAID THAT IT WOULD! In fact–this is the creation of the Mayian Indians of Mexico–and doesn’t have anything to do with Nostradamus... I would say that certain people in the media are getting carried away in their promotional propaganda, placing hype above reality (all for the sake of viewer ratings–and at the expense of truth).
Now that we have that bit of information out of the way, let's pursue information regarding the man named Nostradamus and what contributions he made as a Prophet & Astrologer, & Physician.
Michael Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame or Nôtredame), b. Dec. 14, 1503, d. July 2, 1566, was a French physician and astrologer whose predictions of the future have fascinated people for centuries. Baptised a Christian to conceal his Jewish heritage during a period of violent anti-Semitism, Michel grew up in a lively, prosperous (his father Jacques was a notary) and warm household, full of conversation and the rich aromas of Provençal cooking. He was an enthusiastic and gifted student, with exceptional mathematical ability and a great love and mastery of astrology (known then as "celestial science"). His grandfathers Jean de Rémy and Pierre de Nostredame (both of them doctors) also noticed that Michel displayed a remarkable talent for prophecy at a very young age. They both taught him daily in a wide range of subjects, including classical literature, history, medicine, astrology, and herbal folk medicine.
At the age of 14, Michel was sent to study in the city of Avignon, capital of the papal enclave in Provence. There he was taught philosophy, grammar and rhetoric by Catholic priests, but in his free time, he studied the occult and astrological books in the renowned papal library. As a result, he was nicknamed "the little astrologer", and his open defense of the astrologer Copernicus alarmed his family, who were afraid it might draw attention to them. Michel did have a traumatizing experience, witnessing his nanny being burned at the stake as an accused witch; perhaps that is one reason why he was to go to great lengths eluding the Inquisitors later in his life.
Knowing that astrologers were generally more accepted if they were also accredited physicians, Michel's grandfather suggested a career in medicine. In 1522, Michel enrolled as a medical student at the University of Montpellier (founded in 1289). He became quickly dissatisfied with the ignorance and dogma of his professors, and was inclined toward following the research of François Rabelais at the University of Paris. Nostradamus acquired a great reputation as a doctor by treating victims of the bubonic plague (Le Charbon) which ravaged that part of Europe. His methodology contravened established medical practice of the period, since he opposed the traditional treatment of "bleeding" patients to rid them of disease, and his invention of an oral vitamin C supplement (rose pills) to enhance immune response in his patients met with considerable skepticism among his medical peers at the time. His views were considered to be heretical by the church, and he was persecuted on numerous occasions by the Inquisition, a body of clergy empowered to condemn victims accused of witchcraft and heresy.
Michel's attentions turned once again to astrology and metaphysics. As his divining tool he employed a brass bowl, filled with water and perched on a tripod; his visions appeared to him reflected on the pool of water. An assistant described Nostradamus as descending from his study in a trance-like state following many of these visions. In 1555 he completed the Centuries, a book of more than 900 predictions about the fate of France, the world, and celebrated persons of his time. The title of the book refers to the fact that the contents are arranged in sections of 100 verses each. An expanded version was published in 1558. Nostradamus was consulted by Catherine de Medici — who shared his penchant for astrology — regarding the fate of her husband, King Henry II, as well as that of her three sons. His predictions that her husband would be killed in a joust, and that she would outlive each of her sons through their consecutive successions on the throne, were proved true. It was largely as a result of his protection by Catherine de Medici that Nostradamus was allowed to remain free to pursue his scientific studies and to publish his dire but accurate prophecies.
The prophecies are written as four-lined rhymed verses (quatrains) in vague, often cryptic language. Nostradamus' fondness for anagrams and his penchant for sprinkling his verses with Hebrew, Latin, and Portuguese words further complicates interpretation of his predictions. Some interpreters say the verses can be applied to anything, or nothing, whereas others claim that various verses foretold the Great Fire of London in 1666, the invention of the guillotine, the deaths of several monarchs, details of the French Revolution, the rise of Napoleon and Hitler, World War II, submarine warfare, military incursions by helicopters and supersonic bombers, twentieth century earthquakes, nuclear holocausts, John F. Kennedy's assassination, man's landing on the moon, the advent of AIDS, and a host of other momentous events.
Because Nostradamus included very few dates in his prophecies and because, additionally, he did not organize them into a chronological order, the verses have been constantly reinterpreted since the time of their publication. The Centuries remains a classic of occult literature; hundreds of studies of it have been published.
Timeline of the life of Nostradamus
1503 - Born - Michel de Nostredame in St. Remy, France on December 14.
1525 - Studied medicine in Montpellier (about 70 km southwest of St. Rémy) and set up practice at the age of 22.
1534 - Married for the first time. Shortly thereafter he lost his wife and two children to the plague (their names are not known)
1550 - Moved to Salon-de-Provence and began writing a series of prophecies in quatrains, four-line rhyming verses.
1554 - Married Anne Ponsart Gemelle in town of Salon, France.
1555 - Nostradamus published his first set of 100 quatrains.
1564 - Nostradamus was appointed Royal Physician to King Charles IX.
On July 1, 1566 Nostradamus offered his final prediction to his priest. In response to the priest's farewell of "Until tomorrow," Nostradamus is said to have answered: "You will not find me alive at sunrise."
1566 - Died - July 2.
Nostradamus has been credited with prophesying dozens of pivotal episodes in recent history, including the rise of Adolf Hitler, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and, most recently, the destruction of the World Trade Center towers. On the Internet, Nostradamus followers and hoaxers alike have put together detailed interpretations of Nostradamus' works, as well as fabricated passages.
Nostradamus' major work of prophecies, now referred to as "The Centuries," was published in installments over the course of several years. The work consisted of about a thousand quatrains, four-lined verses, collected in groups of a hundred. The title "The Centuries," which refers to the organizing structure of the work, not to periods of time, was apparently added after Nostradamus' time. His original title was simply "The Prophecies of Michel Nostradamus."
Nostradamus said he was able to predict the future through a combination of astrological study and divine inspiration. He had long studied the supposed relationship between the movement of heavenly bodies and earthly events, and he claimed an angelic spirit helped him understand how these forces would manifest themselves. He sought out inspiration through various forms of meditation, generally focusing in on fire or water, possibly while under the influence of mild hallucinogens, such as nutmeg. Meditating late at night, Nostradamus claimed, he would see and understand events in the near and distant future.
Each quatrain, written predominantly in French, with some Latin, Greek and Italian, foretells a particular event or era. These accounts are undeniably confusing: They are full of esoteric metaphor and anagrams; they include few dates or specific geographical references and are not arranged in chronological order.
According to the work's preface, a letter from Nostradamus to his son Cesar (a child from his second marriage), the verses were intended to be mystifying. Nostradamus said he was afraid he would be persecuted and his work would be destroyed if authorities in his time fully understood his predictions. According to him, his cryptic prophecies would be better understood by enlightened people in the future.
Many people today believe they possess such an enlightenment. They say that if one interprets the quatrains correctly, it is clear that a number of Nostradamus' predictions have already come true.
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